"Split Polygon" 2020. Polished Aluminum and Epoxy. 4'h
As a child I was recognized for my art work.
My Paintings lined the school halls and hung in the principals office.
My father a Internationally recognized Architect backed me 100%.
He told me if I stuck to my guns with art I would always be free.
I was lucky to know my path in life early on.
My Father was also instrumental in exposing me to Modernism through his work.
He never spoke about himself but I learned the Modern style by watching.
In 1968 Minimalism was Posting and I graduated from Palisades High School.
I moved directly down the Highway to Venice Beach.
At the time I was unaware it was to become a dominant West Coast art hub.
“The Light and Space” and “Art and Technology Movements” were both pivotal in 1968.
My aptitude toward Geometry and Sculpture were good so I began work on Abstracting Minimalism.
Art had gotten as simple as possible and I could only see moving outward.
Outer Space and Infinity have been prime factors in my work.
I was fascinated as a kid when I learned the sky did not end and have found myself working in cyclitic aspects.
My sculpture has been about the space interesecting circles in space have in common, leaving the predominate portion of my work in outer space.
Space is what I try to activate.
It sometimes cross's the boundries into anthropomorphic monoliths.
Lately I have been trying to activate inner and outer space simultaneously.
My Stainless Steel Sculpture brought light into my work. When confronted with making decisions about my work the answer is always light.
I have primarly worked with the rectangle which I preferred over the square because of it's elegant and elongated shape when compaired to the square.
I developed a series of shapes which which I use like a alphabet.
They are interchangeable in position and transfigurate from one shape to the next.
This alphabet of formal division is still evolving today decades later.
When building Sculpture I know exactly where each piece fits.
I use cardboard models to scale and refine my sculpture, a practice I learned working in the drafting room at my fathers architecual office.
My Father’s Modern Architecture came into play again as I began to realize my choice of style and materials.
Wood, Concrete and Steel were introduced to me at a young age.
My exposure to Modernism was early having a father in both the Bauhaus and The Mid Century California Modern style.
It is hard for me to dispute the premise of Modernism.
"Less is More".
Modernism is timeless.
Le Corbusier made a big impression on me.
I leased a 5,000 sq ft. wharehouse in Venice Beach from 1968-1982 for $235 a month. I finished my first body of work the "Wood and Canvas" Series in 1970.
The New Talent Committee from LACMA would stop by my studio yearly.
One of the New Talent Committee members from LACMA Joni Gordon started a gallery Newspace L.A. were I showed for 35 years primarly with exception of exhibiting at the Jan Turner Gallery and Fred Hoffman.
By 1988 L.A. was becoming over populated and expensive.
I was forced to move to South Central L.A. for 6 years to keep my overhead low enough to continue to afford building sculpture full time.
The neighborhood was unsafe for my new Dutch wife and once again I found safer low overhead on the outskirts of Palm Springs where I built a studio compound and work today.